Letter from Prudence Ward to Dennis Ward
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Concord June 29. [in pencil] 1838 Dear brother, Your letter of the 22 - is the first we have received since your return to Spencer - I should have written, could I have told you that mother had got well, or any thing new about her lameness - She is stronger, + can walk with one crutch - but the irruption has never quite left her feet, though it has been nearly well, several times - She has had a wash for it lately, + it is showered daily, which agrees with it - We finally got tired of trying one thing, + applied to D. gallop for advice I am in hopes now she will not be troubled with it much longer. - We had an unexpected visit from Caroline + Edmund Jr. which we enjoyed very much - She came last week on Monday + returned saturday - She sent us no word - She felt sure of finding mother at home - Mr Sewall came as far as Boston with her to visit his brother Charles in Danvers, who has been very sick - Perhaps you have received an account of his illness [page break] He is now so far recovered as to walk out. - Who should stop to see us last week, but Mr + Mrs Packard - They were on a journey with their little girl - mother went out to the [----] to speak to them - Mr Wilder has been a journey to the West - H has received his dismission from his people previous - + then he has received a call in Michigan - I have forgotten the name of the town - He is very much pleased with the country + I dare say will settle there - He is expected back next week - A Mr Baynes an Englishman has been preaching for his society - being much liked by some - but others object, + it is doubtful whether he will be settled here. - Caroline made me aware of the difference in the heat of the weather between this month + last June - by reminding me of our experience in Spencer. Her visit there, was about the same time. - [--] [page break] potatoes + squashes look fine - + Henry’s melons are flowering - He has over sixty hills, + we are like to have an abundance - He was much troubled with the cutworm - I went to Boston with Caroline, returning the same day - It rained, which took some from the comfort of the jaunt. J’s school is flourishing - there are four boys from Boston boarding with us - I don't doubt it would have been very pleasant to Ellen on several accounts to have passed the summer with you - but I am not surprised she couldn’t be spared - I want she should make us a visit of a week or two - We shall not go from home this summer - mother rides out occasionally - going several miles - which does her good - She sends a great deal of love. I am glad [Mary?] hasn’t had chances to [--] being [--] she is so troubled with colds - you must indeed miss your dear little girl - + be constantly reminded of her - I feel very glad that I became acquainted with her - tho’ her loss is felt the more - Tell little Mary that we have a black kitten, + that the Martins have driven away the bluebirds + taken possession of [page break] their box - Our flower garden looks very gay - It is more forward than our neighbors + is quite filled with a variety of roses + other flowers. your writing is always very plain- + mother never has any trouble to make out your words. which is more than can be said of the rest [stamped] JUN 29 CONCORD MAS. [addressed to, written vertically] Mr Dennis Ward Spencer Mass. [end of letter] of us - Love to your wife and little Mary + accept the same from your sister P. -
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